President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, on Wednesday said the continuous silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in Nigeria ” is too loud , disheartening and disturbing.”
The PFN President stated this at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan when he received separately, the Lagos, Ogun and Osun States’ Chapters of the PFN led by Apostle Enjimaya Okwuonu and Apostle David Otaru as well as Prophet Isaiah Adelowokan.
Bishop Wale Oke while declaring that there is the need for President Buhari to urgently address Nigerians on the palpable insecurity situation of the country, cautioned the federal government against negotiating with the bandits as it would be tantamount to treating them with kid gloves.
” The silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the degenerating security situation in Nigeria, is too loud and this is very disturbing. Seriously, President Buhari’s silence is deafening and it’s giving room for speculation and gossips that suggest the government has hands in the sickening situation by indulging and pampering the bandits and the killer Fulani herdsmen, among others”, he said.
He tasked President Buhari to rise up and tackle the situation headlong, saying, “he should rise above primordial sentiments and sectional attachment by doing the needful to make the nation more homely for every Nigerian”.
Reminding Buhari that he was voted into power in 2015 because of his military background with a view to stemming the insecurity in the country, the PFN President said, ” there is so much pressure and tension in the land due to insurgency being orchestrated by the Boko Haram, kidnapping, banditry, killer Fulani herdsmen’s palaver, raping, among other ills”.
” All these are self-inflicted. We don’t want the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to be the one that will speak; It is President Buhari himself that we want to hear from on the dreary security situation in the country. Our President should use the opportunity to disassociate his government from the lawlessness currently ravaging the country through the activities of Boko Haram insurgents and the killer Fulani herdsmen.
“He should tell his kinsmen, the Fulani, to stop the mindless killings currently on in the country; arrest and make those culpable to face the wrath of law.Tell the bandits, the killers, the rapists and all those involved in these heinous engagements, the language of law whether they are Fulanis or whatever. Let the nation hear your fatherly voice. People are living in fear,farmers can not go to their farms anymore”
Bishop Wale Oke further charged President Buhari to be expeditious in tackling the mounting challenges, saying, the nation was at the brinks of collapse, “no doubt, we are at a precarious time because of insecurity and alarmingly, the drums of separation are beating loudly for everyone to hear”.
“On behalf of over 45 million members of PFN, I want to implore President Buhari to stand up firmly to bring together, all Nigerians regardless of their tribes and religions.PFN is praying for you. Mr President, and the nation as well.This is because, Nigeria has never been as divided as we are now”.